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Following the Moon: April 19, 2019

The main concern I had about the New Moon chart for April 5 (and it was a slight one) was the placement of the Sun and Moon in the Second House of finance square restrictive Saturn. It turns out that, though the stock market did dip during this two week period, it was not a significant plunge and the market has recently made up for most of that loss. (Click here to see the article for that New Moon chart and the horoscope.)

I also predicted that the conjunction of Mercury and Neptune in the First House of that chart would give us a period in which deceptive and unclear statements would dominate. Early in this cycle we had Attorney General William Barr hint that the F.B.I. or C.I.A. “spied” on the Trump campaign. This remark created a bit of a firestorm since there was no evidence to support such a suspicion and it plays perfectly into the narrative of the Trump people that his presidency is being victimized secret forces within the intelligence community.

More recently we had a tweet from the president that attempted to connect congresswoman Ilhan Omar with 9/11. The tweet caused a flurry of death threats directed at Omar. It also further confirmed two facts that were already well-established. The first is that Donald Trump is a bully, the second that, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, the Republicans are planning to run against Omar and A.O.C.

The Contenders: Wayne MessamMessamWayneImage

Wayne Messam announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination  for president on March 28. I missed it because I was busy preparing for a trip on that day. I may have also missed it because it didn’t seem to get much news coverage. Apparently, the field of contenders has become so crowded that the addition of one more is not considered major event.

Messam is the mayor of Miramir, Florida, a populous suburb of Miami. Before that he ran a construction company and before that he was a football player at Florida State. The jump from mayor to President of the United States might seem audacious but Messam’s Gemini Sun forms a close square to  Jupiter. With that aspect, he is someone who thinks big and being audacious comes naturally. (Click on Wayne Messam to see a horoscope done for noon on his date of birth.)

The Contenders: Eric Swalwell Jr.

One has to wonder what people entering the Democratic primary at this point are thinking. We have a field that is nearing 20 announced or presumed candidates, most of whom are polling in the single digits. Unless you have a mega-donor in your back pocket or delusions of grandeur, what hope could you have of making your message heard?

The latest addition to the herd in California Congressman, Eric Swalwell Jr. Swalwell is young and looks like someone who might be cast as POTUS in a cheap action movie. His positions on issues are consistently liberal and he has established himself as a leader among the younger representatives in the House. If he weren’t running against 20 people with similar resumes, he might be considered a sure thing.

Of course, we do not have a time of birth for Swalwell. (Click on Eric Swalwell to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth.) He is a Scorpio by Sun sign with the Moon in Pisces. This would normally mark him as a highly emotional person, but Swalwell’s Sun is conjunct Uranus and his Moon is likely trine Mercury. Uranus and Mercury are two of the least emotional and most rational planets in the solar system. So his emotionality mixed with a fair amount of idealism and intelligence.

Julian Assange Gets ArrestedAssangeJulianImage

Many of us woke up this morning to the image of a bearded Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police. For those who see Assange as a champion of free speech and transparency in government, the reaction to this image was probably outrage. For those who blame him for helping get Donald Trump elected, the reaction was probably “it’s about time.” Meanwhile, those of us in both camps just felt confused.

Assange is a Cancer by Sun sign and Cancer people often straddle the line between lovable and insufferable, between good and bad. Even with the best intentions and the highest principles their methods are always colored and their motivations complicated by personal issues and emotional complexities. In a Cancer person’s most heroic and compassionate moments, it is not rare to find elements of spite and selfishness. In Assange's case, this subjectivity is increased by the fact that his Cancer Sun in in the Eighth House and his Moon is in Scorpio.